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Chatham is a small community in Trinidad heading south from Point Fortin in the county of St Patrick. The Chatham Youth Camp is currently used among other things to train young men in the arts of communication and life skills engaging them through sport to discipline both minds and bodies. The site has a pleasant and pastoral prospect tree-filled green hills alternat- ing with lush valleys and the soughing leaves of elegant bamboo limbs are the backdrop for agile boys in red and black dribbling a football. This seems a long way from the classrooms and laboratories of The University of the West Indies. Yet here was another field for research engagement of our scholars and students through a project of a team of scholars from the Faculty of Social Sciences. We were piloted next to the local farmers market in Point Fortin. The row of white tents sheltered a profusion of vegeta- bles fruit sellers buyers hagglers and now us a film crew who comes to steal part of the scenery. Hilenes cocoa powder was a hit the rich rose sienna smells summoning up the taste of the old-fashioned Trinidadian flavourful and healthy cocoa tea and an instant reminder of the efforts of the Cocoa Research Unit of the Faculty of Food and Agriculture to resuscitate the regional and global value of Trinidads cocoa industry and products. From village to cityfrom farms to laboratoryfrom houses to institutions the work of The UWI researchers and scholars reaches deep into the lives of our people in this society in the region and abroad. This is not common knowledge. The publi- cations and scholarly writing produced to stretch the bounda- ries of knowledge further are consumed primarily within the academy. The connection between what we do on paper how we translate theories into practice and how we are informed by lived realities is not manifestly clear to those who are served by education. Universities have always looked at the way they benefit society. Yet most academics first have to think about the academic impact of their work about publications in top journals about citations and about influencing others to use or expand their research or ideas. This is still crucial to the way in which knowledge making invention and innovation must proceed but increasingly over the last two decades universi- ties have had to engage in more conscious appraisal of the non-academic impact of researchthe short as well as long-term impact outside of the academic realm. The primary goal of this publication is to explore how the knowledge advanced in different disciplines and specialized research centres at The University of the West Indies makes a difference to the quality of lives and the livelihoods of the people it serves. Advancing Knowledge World class research produces knowledge that generates wealth and fuels the economy as much as it influences ideas about the way the society might better govern itself or manage its resources. As the society becomes more literate and educated people are also more discerning and demanding of how information generated by universities may solve problems they are faced with. We must also be viewed as an incubator for new ideas for the present and the future. Sometimes research can take a very long time before its impact is realized.The University of the West Indies at St. Augustine is entrusted with the respon- sibility of advancing education and creating new knowledge through excellence in teaching research innovation public service intellectual leadership and outreach in order to support development of the Caribbean region and beyond. Impacting lives We generate communities of learning and train cadres of profes- sionals who immediately put their knowledge and skills to work in institutions and a range of work environments. Through research that is carried out in a dynamic partnership with indus- try civil society and government The University of the West Indies also creates synergies for development turning pioneering research into commercial products and policies and delivering tangible benefits to a society and region. It is important that research successes reach the populations that we serve. In doing so The University of the West Indies is fulfilling its responsibility for the care and protection of the populations we serve and our role as an agent of transformation. Visibility and Accessibility of our Research Universities must increase the visibility of their research to demon- strate the contribution they make to the knowledge economy improve their chances in the competition for government research funding and position ourselves well to work with global funders industry partners and communities alike.This publication updates with a new emphasis on research impact the production of the previous Decades of Research PublicationOasis of Ideas Documentary Film 2010. The subsequent rolling out of the ADVANCING KNOWLEDGE IMPACTING LIVES EDITORIAL 06